The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q2), Meredith missed on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted, and earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins contracted across the board.
Meredith notched revenue of $329 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated revenue of $343 million. Sales were 10% lower than the prior-year quarter's $367 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
EPS came in at $0.70. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.67 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.70 for Q2 were 20% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.88 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 60.9%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.7%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.6%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $347 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.71.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.4 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.63.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 123 members out of 151 rating the stock outperform, and 28 members rating it underperform. Among 59 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 51 give Meredith a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Meredith is outperform, with an average price target of $32.86.
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